Season 2 Episode 5 – Location Info
Culture, history and super-friendly people are what Belfast is all about. Visit here and you’ll experience a place unlike any other in Europe. This is a city that can trace its history back to the Bronze Age; a city that built Titanic; a city forging a unique food scene; and a city that dances to its own beat. From its mighty shipbuilding past to the dynamic arts scene that swirls around the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast likes to mix it up.
Have lunch in the Michelin-starred restaurants and fish and chips dinners in downhome chippies. Enjoy upscale cocktails in snazzy jazz bars and local craft beers in traditional pubs. Soak up the story of Titanic, see the famous political wall murals and hurtle headlong into history at the Ulster Museum;whatever you do in Belfast, you’re guaranteed a good time.
Like going out? You’ve come to the right place. This is a city that is unapologetically social, with a buzzy vibe that radiates through the bars, clubs, restaurants or cafes. Start with something excellent to eat – Belfast is at the cutting-edge when it comes to food, and there’s a critically acclaimed culinary scene playing out in some of the best restaurants on the island.
For great bars, hit the Cathedral Quarter, which cradles much-loved trad such as the Duke of York and The John Hewitt. Try cool cocktails at the Merchant Hotel, Ritas and The Albany, and finish the night with a gig at the legendary Limelight on Ormeau Avenue, where everyone from Snow Patrol to Shane McGowan has taken to the stage.
What to see and do
Belfast mixes beautiful outdoors experiences and really great museums and with its compact size, getting the best out of the city is a cinch. Embark on an urban adventure with a difference by hopping on a Black Taxi Tour. Unique to Belfast, this tour is run by people that know the place best and takes you into the city’s past with visits to the political murals. Walk out towards the beautiful Queen’s University (with an alumni including poet Seamus Heaney and actor Liam Neeson) and you’ll find the fascinating Ulster Museum, and the verdant wonderland of the Botanic Gardens. Belfast’s big architectural showstopper is City Hall, which dominates Donegall Square with its grand Baroque exterior. Head south from here and you’re into the Cathedral Quarter, where galleries sit cheek-by jowl with buzzing pubs and restaurants. Dynamic, cultural and great fun – it’s like Belfast in a nutshell.
You’re well placed here to delve even further into the story of the Titanic, with everything from Titanic walking tours to visits to the Pump House and Dock, where she sat on the eve of her launch. You can even get on board a piece of real Titanic history with the SS Nomadic, which ferried first-class passengers from Cherbourg Port in France to the Titanic and is the last remaining White Star Line Ship in the world.
Titanic Belfast is the world’s largest Titanic visitor experience, exploring the Titanic story in a fresh and insightful way. Make your way through the 9 interactive galleries of the Titanic Experience, explore the symbolism of our iconic building with The Discovery Tour, dine in Bistro 401 or browse for an exclusive gift in our Titanic Store. Walk the decks of the last remaining White Star vessel – SS Nomadic or immerse yourself in the historic Slipways as you uncover the true legend of Titanic, in the city where it all began.
Titanic Belfast, 1 Olympic Way, Queens Road, Titanic Quarter, Belfast BT3 9E
Botanic Gardens is an important part of Belfast’s Victorian heritage & a popular meeting place for residents, students and tourists. Botanic Gardens was established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, in response to public interest in horticulture and botany. Originally known as the Belfast Botanic Garden, the site contained exotic tree species and impressive plant collections from the southern hemisphere, many of which can still be seen in the park. Today, the park is popular with residents, students and visitors and is an important venue for concerts, festivals and other events. It’s home to the Palm House and the Tropical Ravine.
Palm House and the Tropical Ravine.
The Palm House contains a range of tropical plants, hanging baskets, seasonal displays & birds of paradise, and is one of the earliest examples of a glasshouse made from curved iron and glass. It shows how advances in glasshouse technology allowed horticulturists to grow exotic plant species during the Victorian period. The building was designed by Sir Charles Lanyon, who also helped design parts of nearby Queen’s University. The foundation stone was laid in 1839 and the two wings were completed in 1840 by leading ironmaster, Richard Turner. The dome was added in 1852.
The Tropical Ravine contains some of the oldest seed plants around today, as well as banana, cinnamon, bromeliad and orchid plants. It was built in 1889 by the park’s head gardener, Charles McKimm, and his staff.
Like the Palm House, it shows how technology allowed gardeners to cultivate unusual species in a greenhouse environment. Features of interest include a plant-filled sunken glen, flowering vines, tree ferns and leaf silhouettes.
Unfortunately for the Society, the gardens proved expensive to run and many shareholders felt that the park’s horticulture was compromised by financial issues. The site was eventually sold to the Belfast Corporation (now the Belfast City Council) and it re-opened as a public park, known as Botanic Gardens, in 1895.
Today, the park is popular with residents, students and tourists and is an important venue for concerts, festivals and other events. The Tropical Ravine within Botanic Gardens is currently closed for refurbishment. It is being restored back to its former glory, with a modern 21st century twist.
Palm House opening times
•Summer opening times (1 April – 30 September) 10am until 5pm
•Winter opening times (1 October – 31 March) 10am until 4pm
Botanic Gardens, College Park, Botanic Avenue, Belfast, BT7 1LP Ph: 028 9031 4762
Johannesburg is the largest city in South Africa and considered Africa’s major economic powerhouse with many central business districts, in 2016 there were 4.94 million people living in the City of Johannesburg, Joburg, or Jozi as some prefer to call it.
The settlement sprang up in 1886 when prospectors found gold in the area now known as the Witwatersrand. When the discovery became public, thousands flocked here in search of fortune and new opportunities. Today, Johannesburg still attracts those who want to realise their dreams and achieve success.
The new city was named after two officials of the Zuid-Afrikaansche Republiek (ZAR); Johannes Meyer and Johannes Rissik. Johannesburg grew rapidly and quickly transformed from a small settlement into a full-fledged city. It seemed like nothing could stop its growth, not even the Anglo-Boer war. In those tumultuous times, and beyond, Johannesburg has always been recognised as the beating heart of South Africa.
Through the years, Johannesburg has been the site of many iconic events. It was where the Springboks beat the All Blacks to take the Rugby World Cup in 1995, and, most recently, it was where South Africa showed the world they can host an event as large as the FIFA Soccer World Cup.
Sandton, is one of those busy business districts in which we’ll see in this episode. Sandton has many iconic landmarks such as the Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton City, which is ranked the largest shopping centre in Africa and the Carlton Centre, which is the tallest building in Africa.
In this episode also, we visit the The Lion & Safari-Park to get up close to some of SA’s most iconic animals. We visit some street markets to sample some of SA’s famous foods such as biltong and melktart along with visiting one of Johannesburg’s oldest more traditional markets, a market to heal the sick, where you’ll find many healers selling all kinds of medicine.
And we take a tour of the famous city of Soweto to learn about its culture, its history and pay a visit to some famous sites, such as the area where Nelson Mandela lived.
Kwa Mai-Mai Market
Kwa Mai-Mai Market is a traditional South African medicine market located in Johannesburg’s central
business district. One of the oldest traditional markets in the city, here you’ll find dozens of stalls run by African traditional healers who have dedicated themselves to healing the sick. It’s one of the best places to visit in Johannesburg if you’re looking for that genuine, traditional African tourist experience.
Here you’ll meet Sangomas who use real animal parts to cure ailments and read your fortune, as well as stalls selling traditional clothing and other accompaniments such as shields and beaded accessories. Many of the market traders and their families live in the market, adding to the unique character and community of the area.
This area forms part of Johannesburg’s rehabilitation programme whereby the city aims to attract more tourists and ultimately stimulate the Johannesburg tourism sector by showcasing its traditional heritage. If you’re you looking for a truly South African experience then this market is worth a visit, although it is best to visit with a local guide who can give insight into the ancient traditions practiced here.
People flock here in search of healers, and cures for all manner of physical and spiritual ailments. Dubbed Ezinyangeni – meaning the place of healers, the Mai Mai market preserves important aspects of indigenous knowledge. For visitors it is fascinating for its cultural richness and exotic offerings such as animal skins, muti (medicine) and traditional artefacts.
Opening hours Monday to Friday: 9am to 6pm Saturday: 9am to 2pm
Address: Corner Anderson and Berea Street, Jeppestown
Contact Person: Amanda Yabo Email: AYabo@jhbproperty.co.za Phone No: +27 11 833 7344
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market
Bryanston Organic & Natural Market has, for more than 40 years, been a haven of calm in the busy city where you can enjoy leisurely shopping in a peaceful and scenic outdoor environment. It is Joburg’s first and finest outdoor market – a magical place, removed from the rush of everyday life, offering inspired crafts and wholesome food.
Over 130 stalls offer quality artisanal products that are locally produced from organic and natural materials and ingredients. Shopping options include exclusive jewellery, trendy costume jewellery, clothing and a wide range of accessories, décor, homeware, ceramics and pottery. There are also finely handcrafted wood, leather, glass and metal wares, art, photography and sculpture, curios and collectables. Health & Wellness stalls abound, and several stalls offer a selection of children’s toys and crafting activities. The market celebrates festivals and special promotions throughout the year highlighting the skills and talents of our stallholders and culminating in our popular Moonlight Markets from mid November to Christmas. Throughout the year children’s crafting activities are a key focus that allows children the freedom to explore their inner creativity to produce items of beauty.
Opening Hours: Thurs & Sat 9am-3pm Address: 40 Culross Road, Bryanston 202, Gauteng
Contact: Audrey Wainwright, Operations Manager Email: Audrey@bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za
Phone No: + 27 (11) 706 3671 https://www.bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za
Stall 1 Jozi’s Nut Butters
Jozi’s Nut Butters is a social enterprise business through the non-profit Oasis South Africa, whose purpose is to create jobs in Johannesburg for unemployed women. Jozi’s Nut Butters offer a delicious wide range of nut butters that are made from the finest organic and natural ingredients available, and GMO-free nuts.
The delectable range includes four varieties of nuts in their classic form – peanut, cashew, almond and macadamia, as well as a tempting choice of flavours such as Toasted Coconut, Chocolate Truffle, Dark Chocolate and Cinnamon Maple. Enough to set the taste buds aflutter! Classic peanut butter,toasted coconut peanut butter, chocolate truffle peanut butter,dark chocolate peanut butter. The most delicious, healthy & unique nut butters. All the butters are made by ladies that live in local communities. Only the best natural,organic, non- gmo ingredients. Nut butters include the manufacturing of Almond, Cashew, Macadamia and last but not least peanuts.There are 10 different flavours available at the market.
Stall 2 – Braeside Butcher biltong
Braeside Butchery’s free range grass fed meat is selected from discerning farms that raise healthy livestock through ethical farming practices. The Braeside Butchery green stamp is proof that the meat has been sourced through the protocol of the livestock having been naturally fed, allowed to roam freely, kept free from antibiotics and growth hormones, humanely slaughtered at registered abattoirs located in close proximity to the farms and traced from farm to fork. Braeside Butchery visit their supply farms frequently and have built up a strong relationship based on honesty, trust and the highest of ethical business practices.
Their principles on ethical farming with a focus on uplifting local farmers means they only stock the finest meat and meat products. www.braesidebutchery.co.za
Stall 3 – Sipamandla Manqele Local Village –
a young entrepreneur who makes her own muesli with natural ingredients and sources her honey from an organization working with rural communities that trains blind people as beekeepers.
Contact Person: Sipamandla Manqele Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hot Air Ballooning Company – Air to Air Africa
Hot Air Balloon Rides in South Africa – The Ultimate Adventure. There’s something magical about the notion of hot air ballooning. Cruising across the landscapes with a panoramic view, wind in your hair and the ground far beneath you. Hot air ballooning is something to be experienced at least once in a lifetime. Air to Air Africa is located west of Johannesburg in Gauteng. Situated in the Cradle of Humankind, this area is well-known as a World Heritage Site, having held the famous discoveries of ancient fossils. Ideally, Air to Air Africa is situated in an area that hosts a Game and Nature Reserve, on the picturesque banks of the Crocodile River.
Hot Air Balloon Rides in Johannesburg – Our hot air balloon rides take off from Glenburn Lodge, a private game reserve located in the Cradle of Humankind. Close to Lanseria and about 35km from Johannesburg. Due to safety precautions, hot air balloon flights in Gauteng only operate in the early morning. Read more about that here. We ensure the safety of all our passengers, and guarantee the adventure and skyline cruise of a lifetime.
Opt for an early morning team building session up in the sky with our 16 man hot air balloon. Spend your anniversary, birthday or even get engaged to your loved one. Whilst surrounded by the beauty of nature, our hot air balloon rides. Upon landing, guests enjoy a glass of traditional sparkling refreshment, a French custom that we practise after each and every flight. Head off to a buffet breakfast after your flight, which is all included in your pricing.
The Lion & Safari Park
The Lion and Safari Park is a 600-hectare wilderness reserve situated in the Hartbeespoort, Magaliesburg and Cradle of Humankind area. The park offers guests an incredible opportunity to get up close to many of South Africa’s most iconic animals. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for guests, both local and international to learn more about these wonderful African animals. Our staff and volunteers are there to answer any questions, and we would be delighted to assist.
The Lion and Safari Park offers a wealth of exciting activities for the whole family. Guests are guaranteed the opportunity to get extremely close to many of Africa’s most exciting animals including Brown and White Lion, Wild dog, Cheetah and over twenty different African wildlife species. While exploring the park, guests will get the opportunity to view many amazing animals including Zebra, Giraffe, Gemsbok, Springbuck, Blesbuck, Sable, Nyala and many many more. With both game viewing trucks as well as more traditional land cruiser style safari vehicles there are numerous ways to explore the park.
Our exclusive three hour Safari Tour makes use of one of our custom designed open game drive vehicles and offers an unforgettable safari experience.
Address: R512, Lanseria Rd, Broederstroom, 0240, South Africa
Contact Person: Andre La Cock (Marketing Director) Email: email@example.com
Phone No: +27 (0) 71 678 9320 http://www.lionandsafaripark.com/
Lebo’s Soweto Tours
Lebo – founder of “Lebo’s Soweto” grew up in the house, which is today our Backpackers hostel.
He was introduced to the tourism industry as buses started coming in numbers in the early 2000’s. He was then selling craft at the Hector Pieterson memorial in Soweto and started inviting some of the travellers he met to his home to experience another side of Soweto than viewing the township from a bus-window. A few years after that Lebo started the now popular Soweto bicycle tour, taking people out of the car and on to the streets of Soweto.
We offer a unique and interactive tour experience of Soweto. All our guides are from around Soweto and will show you their neighbourhoods and have first-hand information on Soweto’s history, life and culture. Our tuk tuk tour is another interactive tour experience that takes you to the back streets of Soweto as well as the famous historical sites around. Move easily from neighbourhood to neighbourhood in our three-wheeler while you easily meet and greet people along the way and step out in the various areas to take in the culture, life and history. We introduce you to Soweto’s famous historical sites as well as the hidden spots around, we introduce you to our area of Orlando West and take you around our neighbouring communities. Stop and greet people, get to know the history and how these communities are today. Visit the former migrant workers’ hostel in Mzimhlophe and understand how these areas of Soweto has transformed from accommodating migrant workers to adapting to modern life today.
Continue the ride through the vibrant community of Meadowlands, and proceed to the Hector Pieterson Memorial, the historical landmark of the 1976 student’s uprising. Thereafter drive down famous Vilakazi street where Nelson Mandela used to live. On the way back to Lebo’s cruise along small streets to see the different areas and greet people along the way.
- We visited the home of Lilian Ngoyi: the home of the former ANC Women’s League leader who with
thousands of women of all races lead the Womens March 9th August 1955. Today the house is a heritage
site in Soweto.
- Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates houses: On the same street as Lilian Ngoyi’s home are two house next
door to each other that are painted in the colours and emblems of the two Soweto football rivals
Kaizer Chiefs, from Orlando West, and Orlando Pirates, from Orlando East.
- Orlando Gardens – one of the areas in Soweto that caters for an “upper middle class”.
- Vilakazi street – the tourism hub of Soweto & the only street in the world that was home to two Nobel
Peace Prize laurates.
- Hector Pieterson memorial – A museum and memorial site paying tribute to the students of 1976 that lead
a march against the oppressive education system on June 16 1976. Hector Pieterson was one of the first
students / pupils to be shot by the police as they opened fire on innocent students on the day.
Address: 10823A Pooe Street, Orlando West Soweto, South Africa Contact Person: Maria Malepa
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone No: +27 11 936 3444
History of Soweto
The first residents of what is now known as Soweto were located into the area called Klipspriut in 1905 following their relocation from “Coolietown” in the centre of Johannesburg as a result of an outbreak of bubonic plague. The Johannesburg City Council took the opportunity to establish racially segregated residential areas. Some residents were to be relocated to Alexandra township (near the present day Sandton). This group comprised black, Indian and coloured families and they received freehold title to their land (this was subsequently reversed by the Apartheid Government). Only black families were located into Klipspruit and the housing was on a rental basis. Klipspruit was subsequently renamed Pimville.
During the 1930’s the demand for housing for the large numbers of black people who had moved into Johannesburg grew to such an extent that new housing was built in an area known as Orlando, named after the first administrator Edwin Orlando Leaky. In the 1940’s a controversial character James Mpanza led the first land invasion and some 20000 squatters occupied land near Orlando. James Mpanza is known as the “Father of Soweto”.
In 1959 the residents of Sophiatown were forcibly removed to Soweto and occupied the area known as Meadowlands. Sir Earnest Oppenheimer, the first chairman of the Anglo American Corporation, was appalled by the housing shortage and was instrumental in arranging a loan for the construction of additional housing and this is commemorated by the Oppenheimer Tower in Jabulani.
Origins of the name. – Soweto obtained its name from the first two letters of South Western Township which was the original description of the area. “Soweto is a symbol of the New South Africa, caught between old squatter misery and new prosperity, squalor and an upbeat lifestyle, it’s a vibrant city which still openly bears the scars of the Apartheid past and yet shows what’s possible in the New South Africa”.